– I took etiquette classes. – I need to work on posture. – What?
– Posture. – Are you talking about my posture? – No, me. – Oh, yeah. I’m good.
– Me too. – I’m James Davis, and I’m an actor, comedian, and writer. I never thought much about eating healthy until my body let me know. Hey sucka, it’s time think about eating healthy. Now I’m on a mission to learn how the best athletes in the world fuel their training with healthy, simple food. Because it turns out
every job is like a sport, and every meal counts. Pro sprinter Michael
Norman is coming up quick. In 2016, he was a world junior champion in the 200 meter and
four-by-100 meter relay. Today I’m hoping Michael can show me how he fuels up for
that kind of intensity. I need you to make me an
incredible meal, all right? I need your posture to be on point. And I need your personality to be on 10. Because I’m charismatic,
you know what I’m saying? – I’ll give you 11, I’ll give you 11. I’ll give you 11.
– [James] 11, okay. – My food’s about to be fire. – What?
– Fire. – What?
– Fire. – I don’t believe you man.
– My food’s about to be so deep, I’ll be like this, watch. – You claim your food’s gonna be fire, but your boy, your roommate, said that he was the better cook and the better athlete, and I got footage of such claims. – [Rai] I am the better
athlete and better cook. – Do we look like we’re
playing around, Mike? You’re looking at two
world-class athletes. – That’s false. Let me tell you. Everything he knows about
cooking, he learned from me. – You’re just mad.
– [Michael] No. I’m telling you.
– You’re exaggerating right now.
– I’m telling you. He doesn’t cook at our house.
– Really? – He does not cook at
all, not a single time. And plus, he can’t even back flip. Can you?
– He can’t back flip? – [Michael] Can you? – Everybody can back flip! Let’s stop talking about it, and start being about it. – [Michael] All right, I’m with you. Let’s go.
– Show me the vegetables. – All right let’s go.
– And the chicken. And the back flips. So let’s get into it. What are we cooking today, Michael? – All right first, before we start, we’re making bets right now. So I want your car keys right here, and those shoes on the counter. – First of all, I would do that. I’m very competitive myself, but I don’t want my shoes by my food. So you’re just gonna have to trust that you get these shoes.
– You’re right. – If everything works out in your favor. – All right fine.
– But your energy is really distracted. Right now I need you to focus on making this meal.
– All right focus. So today, we’re gonna make
some teriyaki chicken. – Word.
– Mom’s recipe. – Okay, bet.
– Okay. So first, what you want to
do is get the marinade right. So what we got here is
some teriyaki sauce. Special type.
– Okay. – Next thing is you will have a little bit of sake. Just to kind of like
dim the sweetness down of the teriyaki sauce, ’cause I don’t like my
teriyaki sauce too sweet. – Come through sake.
– So that’s what we do. Yeah, all right, so then we’ve got some ginger paste right here. This is a secret. You ever taste ginger before? – I’ve tasted ginger,
but not ginger paste. – Look, here here here. Let me get your finger, go ahead. Taste a little bit. – It tastes like ginger! – So what we do with this
is a secret ingredient for this teriyaki chicken, because this teriyaki sauce is so sweet, you want to dim it down. The sake helped, but the
ginger paste right here will just give it a little kick. Just eyeball to taste. – You’re not really one with measurements. – I’m not a pro chef, I’m a home chef. So you eyeball everything, come on. – Talk your stuff, Mike!
– Come on, come on! – Talk your stuff!
– You know what this is right here? – What? – It’s garlic paste. – Man, you a pasting paster.
– Yeah, yeah. This is just for extra flavor. I don’t know, my mom told me to do this, so that’s why I do it.
– Hey. You gotta listen to mom.
– And you know, you just put a little bit of this, ’cause it’s gonna be strong. And the final step right here is just to sprinkle a little bit of sesame seeds, because who doesn’t
like sesame seeds in it? – Who doesn’t? How much sesame seed? – You eyeball it. It’s up to you.
– Eyeball it! Gut, spirit.
– Exactly. – It’s all very spiritual. – It’s all about taste, touch, and look. – Taste, touch, and look.
– Yep. – Write that down, somebody. Even though it’s just us two. – [Michael] I’m gonna whisk
this up for you real quick. – [James] Whisk it.
– Yep. Go ahead and taste it and
tell me what you think. – Okay. – Dirtying up the whole kitchen. – It’s all good. I’d throw some chicken in that. How tall are you?
– Six one. – I’m six one and a half, that’s crazy. – Oh what, did I say six one?
– Yeah, you six one. – I meant six one and three quarters. – You’re six one and three quarters? – Yeah yeah, yeah
– That’s crazy, ’cause I be looking down on you. So your mom taught you how to make this. – Yes. – Now have you been cooking
for yourself for a while, or is this some kind of new trend now that you’re a world-class athlete? – You know, I’m gonna be honest with you. – Be honest. – I don’t cook very often. See, I just graduated college, and I didn’t have time to cook. But now you know that I’ve kind of taken that next step to be
a world-class athlete, I’m taking more time to prep my meals, make sure I know what I’m eating. I’m gonna get you right.
– All right so salad. – While we finish this, alright. – All right, you got it, you got it. I’m ready, I’m ready.
– I’m gonna let you do it. – I’m ready, I’m ready.
– I’m gonna let you do it. All right so what we’ve got right here is some romaine lettuce.
– Okay. – Know why I picked romaine lettuce? – Why? – Because it tastes fine. I like it. – It tastes fine?
– Yeah. – Fine is the weirdest compliment. You know why I mess with this? – ‘Cause it tastes fine.
– ‘Cause it’s fine. – You know also what we’ve got right here? You know what this is? – Cucumber. – No, atop the cucumber. Didn’t think so. – I know.
– What? – Regular.
– Nah, Persian. And then we’ve got some
steamed broccoli right here. You know.
– Steamed, okay. – Broccoli’s my favorite vegetable, so I just have to like,
throw it in my salad. So I’m gonna let you do this.
– Okay. – What you gotta do is slide the contents in the bowl, that’s it. Go ahead. I’m gonna give you this, too. You feel this right here? It’s just sesame dressing. All right, so I’m gonna pour half of it in. So we’ve got the grill nice and prepped and warm already, right? So what you wanna do is take a chicken thigh, right?
– Mm-hmm. – And you want to lay them
evenly across the grill. Oh you hear that? Sizzling.
– Yeah. – Greatness.
– Greatness. – So we’re gonna lay all these
chicken thighs down, alright? – I would propose to my fiancée, and then serve her this chicken. – Oh you got a fiancée? – Nah, but I’m saying if I did. I would serve her this chicken. – The finishing touches
on our little plating. Gonna make sure we’re getting a nice amount of salad,
just to go with it. – But before we eat it, I need to know what the
name of this dish is, ’cause it looks so good, it might go worldwide. – This is Michael’s
Teriyaki Chicken Plate. – I like that.
– Shout out my mom. – Shout out, okay, there we go. Lift it up, say it with me. Michael’s Chicken Teriyaki Plate. – You didn’t say it loud enough. Go ahead. – Michael’s Chicken Teriyaki Plate. Shout out his moms. – This looks better than
Rai Benjamin’s food. – I don’t know what you’re
doing with your chopsticks. You’re supposed to be better than that. – [Michael] No I got you.
– I feel like I’m doing better with the chopsticks. – Watch this right here. – Oh you want to have a chopstick-off? You win! I can’t, all right, all right. – Oh, I’m good. – Talk to me about that
competitive spirit, man. How does it come out? How does it manifest itself on the track, and then in your life in general? – I think just being a track athlete. I’m just a competitive person. And track is like the perfect thing to show how competitive you are, because literally
everything you do in life affects your performance no matter what. – What are you doing to
prepare for the Olympics? – Nutrition is huge for me. I really want to up my
intake on vegetables, water. – 2020.
– [Michael] Tokyo. – Tokyo.
– [Michael] Yep. – I’m gonna be there.
– Yeah, me too. – [James] I’m participating.
– Me too. – [James] Did you know that?
– No. – [James] I’m gonna be in the Olympics. – What are you about to do? – Audience. You run the 400. – One lap.
– One lap. What is it like running those 400 meters? – Scariest thing in the world, ’cause you don’t know how much it hurts until you run it the first time. It feels like a gorilla
jumps on your back, and you can barely move. – You’re like a superhero. You know, and your power is speed. You never just look at
people and just know they slow compared to you? – Never, I’ve never done that before. – [James] You have a good heart. – I have never thought about that. – Your mind’s in the right place, ’cause see me, everywhere I go I be like, look at all the slow motherf***ers. – It may be a little
bit uncomfortable now, but as you progress, it’ll
get easier and easier. Toes up, the whole time, always. Strike the ground with
the ball of your foot. The ball, not your heel,
the ball of your foot. It’s almost like riding a bike. – At the end of the day, I’m in competition with myself, Michael, ’cause I don’t like where I’m at. I want to be better. Do you feel like you’re in
competition with yourself? Everything I do will
affect my performance. And just looking back on track, I want to be the best. And in order to be the best, I have to do everything right. Nutrition, sleeping, work ethic. It’s more than just the sport itself. You’re not flexible at all. I think you might be worse than me. – Hey.
– [Michael] It’s all about improvement
– Positive reinforcement. – [Michael] It’s all about improvement. – Rock, paper, scissors. Whoever wins gets the
other person’s shoes. – Two out of three?
– Two out of three. – All right.
– Rock paper scissors shoot. Ooh! Rock paper scissors, give me! Rock paper scissors, give me those shoes! Give me those shoes. Right now. Here we go. Hey man, great doing business with you. Best of luck to you. When you running, you probably gonna need some new shoes, ’cause these sir, are mine.